The End of Europe Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age James Kirchick

Publication date:
07 Mar 2017
Yale University Press
288 pages: 235 x 156 x 25mm
2 b-w illus.

Once the world’s bastion of liberal, democratic values, Europe is now having to confront demons it thought it had laid to rest. The old pathologies of anti-Semitism, populist nationalism, and territorial aggression are threatening to tear the European postwar consensus apart. In riveting dispatches from this unfolding tragedy, James Kirchick shows us the shallow disingenuousness of the leaders who pushed for “Brexit;” examines how a vast migrant wave is exacerbating tensions between Europeans and their Muslim minorities; explores the rising anti-Semitism that causes Jewish schools and synagogues in France and Germany to resemble armed bunkers; and describes how Russian imperial ambitions are destabilizing nations from Estonia to Ukraine. With President Trump now threatening to abandon America's traditional role as upholder of the liberal world order and guarantor of the continent's security, Europe may be alone in dealing with these unprecedented challenges.
Based on extensive firsthand reporting, this book is a provocative, disturbing look at a continent in unexpected crisis.

James Kirchick is a fellow at the Foreign Policy Initiative in Washington and a correspondent for The Daily Beast. His articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Policy.

“A young American’s brilliant analysis of the dire state of world politics . . . Trump and Brexit figure large and Kirchick shares my exasperation that we are turning away from liberal values and the benefits of the EU.”—Alastair Campbell, Observer

“From brilliant American scholar James Kirchick, we have received a resounding wake-up call for Princess Europa. Reading The End of Europe from Paris is chilling, perceptive and essential to make sense of the current geopolitical state of affairs.”—Bernard-Henri Lévy

"James Kirchick's The End of Europe is a powerful, well-written, well-researched, superb but scary book. It is a wake-up call for democracy.”—Alastair Campbell, former senior advisor to Tony Blair

"The terrifying part of James Kirchick’s The End of Europe is how spot-on his observations are."—Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia 2006-2016

“Writing with characteristic flair, this American conservative delivers his damning case from a passionate, yet measured, pro-European worldview.”—Nicholas Earl, Prospect